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This week, there is no clear-cut favorite in Group B. Many drivers have good stats at Pocono, but no driver in Group B has been dominating at the racetrack. I found four drivers who I think will have success on Sunday. (Remember not to select Kurt Busch this week. He is suspended from the race.)
Here are my selections for Yahoo Group B:
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is having a career year in 2012. He has a series-high 10 top-10 finishes so far this season. He should be able to make it No. 11 on Sunday.
In his 24 career starts at Pocono, Earnhardt has five top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes, won one pole and led 98 laps. In the two races last year at Pocono, Earnhardt finished both races in the top-10. I think he will finish in the top-five this year.
I used Mark Martin last week, and it paid off. Martin captured the pole for the race and 10 bonus points for my team. He ran in the top 10 until the end of the race, when he came in the pits for four tires. He has had success at Pocono and should qualify inside the top five and finish inside the top 10.
Martin has started 50 races at Pocono. He has 19 top-five finishes, 33 top-10 finishes, won three poles and led 9,323 laps. Martin’s average running position of 12.3 is seventh-best, and his 1,900 laps run in the top-15 are the seventh-most.
If Martin qualifies up front for the Pocono 400, he will be worth starting on your team.
Newman has had an up-and-down season in 2012. Fantasy NASCAR players must use Newman at the right times during the season to ensure they get the most points out of him. This would be a good week to have Newman on your team.
In his 20 career starts at Pocono, Newman has one win, seven top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes, won two poles and led 3,839 laps. His average running position of 11.3 is fifth-best, his 2,046 laps in the top 15 are the third-most and Newman has a series-high 657 green flag passes.
Newman is worth having on your team this week because he has a great chance to win the pole for the race.
Kasey Kahne has been on fire the past month. If that is not enough of a reason to put him on your team, the fact that Kahne was one of the drivers who competed in the Goodyear tire test this week at Pocono should be.
In his 16 career starts at Pocono, Kahne has one win, three top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes, won two poles and led 3,108 laps. His 161 fastest laps run are the fifth-best, and his 1,186 green flag passes are fifth-best.
Kahne will be able to finish in the top 10 once again this week.
Other good picks: Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex, Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya